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This is NextGen

Where We're Going

With the NextGen infrastructure in place and improving the lives of Americans, the FAA is capitalizing on it and integrating all the components to work together across the National Airspace System. The agency is implementing advanced capabilities while collaborating with its stakeholders to train and manage change for the FAA and aviation workforces on the path to achieving a new way of managing air traffic known as Trajectory Based Operations.

Leveraging Infrastructure

As capabilities mature and the infrastructure transforms to support new concepts, the FAA will implement more changes. Data Communications is expanding to en route flight, Performance Based Navigation coverage is growing with distance measuring equipment area navigation, and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast is continuing to offer more benefits.

Data Communications (Data Comm) En Route Services

Initial en route services offer controllers and pilots capabilities to exchange messages such as as initial check-in, transfer of communications, and reroutes acknowledgements. Full en route services will expand digital information exchange to advisory messages and holding instructions.

Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Ground Infrastructure

The FAA is expanding coverage of distance measuring equipment area navigation, known as DME/DME RNAV, by installing more than 120 DME facilities. To provide navigation resiliency, the FAA is maintaining a minimum operational network of Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (VOR) stations while reducing the legacy VOR infrastructure in the contiguous United States.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B)

Deployed ADS-B infrastructure can be used to achieve future operational benefits, including radar separation, ADS-B In applications, conflict detection, and search and rescue. Overlapping ADS-B and legacy radar coverage gives the FAA opportunities to right-size surveillance infrastructure across the NAS.

Leveraging the NextGen infrastructure will also enable us to implement Trajectory Based Operations and lead the way to Accommodating All Operations.

Read more about where we're going in the NextGen Report.

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